Starbucks Under Fire For Giving Less Parental Leave To Hourly Workers

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“This is a discrimination claim just waiting to happen,” said Pat Miguel Tomaino, associate director of socially responsible investing at Zevin Asset Management in Boston, the lead filer on the shareholder resolution, with four other social impact investors including Reynders McVeigh Capital Management, Arjuna Capital, Pax World Management and Friends Fiduciary Corporation.

Not only is Starbucks’ reputation as a progressive company at risk,Tomaino said: “It’s a moral issue.”

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Indeed, only 14 percent of private sector employers have access to paid parental leave.

When HuffPost asked how Starbucks squared the inequality between hourly worker and corporate parental benefits, Riley cheap Canada Goose said, “That’s an interesting phrasing of that question.” She added that the company takes “a competitive approach and provide[s] benefits based on what our partners express as their needs and preferences.”

Jess Svabinek, a 38 canada goose uk black friday year old barista at a Starbucks about 40 miles away from Seattle who makes canada goose coats $11.05 an hour, is out on unpaid leave now with her baby boy and certainly would have preferred more paid time off.

“I can’t even grasp having to go back to work after just six weeks,” she told HuffPost. “I’m nine weeks out from a C section and I couldn’t imagine getting up at 2 in the morning for the morning shift and leaving the baby. That’s when we’re up nursing.”

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canada goose Tomaino wouldn’t say how he’d like Starbucks’ policy to change. “It’s not our role to be prescriptive,” he said, adding that he’d just like the company to re evaluate the policy with an eye toward fairness, employee morale and the risks of lawsuits. canada goose

The investor groups say Starbucks’ leave policy is particularly disturbing because over the years the company has developed a reputation for treating its workers well and providing equal benefits to all employees.

Starbucks was also an early supporter of gay marriage, yet LGBTQ hourly workers are particularly hurt by the lack of paid leave for uk canada goose adoptive parents. Those workers are far more likely than their straight counterparts to adopt or foster children.

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The Starbucks resolution is the uk canada goose outlet first of its kind, but expect more. Tomaino said his organization is also talking to 11 other major retailers, including Target, Amazon, Costco and Apple about their paid leave policies or lack thereof.

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Without paid leave, many women are forced out of the job market. Others are set back in their career paths, by taking less demanding jobs, declining promotions or dropping back to part time work with the arrival of a child. That means many parents wind up tapping public benefits like food stamps to get by when a baby arrives on the scene.